Couples Yoga: A Way to Strengthen Your Relationship
Doing couples yoga is a different and fun way to take advantage of all the benefits of yoga for the body and mind, while helping to strengthen and improve your relationship by sharing an extraordinary experience together. Couples yoga poses require teamwork and mutual trust. The results depend on the support you receive from your partner, and vice versa.
Couples yoga poses
1. Seated centering and grounding
Many yoga sessions start with this practice, which you can do with your partner. Sit back to back with your legs simply crossed (Sukhasana) or intertwined with your feet on your thighs in the lotus pose. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing.
You can try to synchronize your inhalations and exhalations with your partner to start the poses with a better connection.
2. Revolved chair (Parivrtta Utkatasana)
In the same position as the first pose, turn your torso to the left until you reach your partner’s right knee with your left hand. Your right hand should rest on their left knee. Hold the pose for several breaths and then repeat on the other side.
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3. Forward and backward stretch
Still in the same position, back to back with your legs crossed, stretch your arms up and hold hands. Lean forward at the waist, pulling your partner’s back. Do it gently so you don’t hurt your partner’s back.
4. Child’s pose
Sit on your knees with your buttocks resting on your heels. Then, lean your waist forward with your arms outstretched until your chest is on your knees. Subsequently, lie on your back against the back of the person in the child’s pose. This pose allows both of you to further stretch your back.
5. Leg and waist stretch
This position is similar to the child’s pose but you keep your legs stretched out. Lean your waist forward until you reach your toes with your hands. The couple lies back to back.
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6. Boat pose (Navasana)
Sit facing each other with your legs stretched out, bringing the soles of your feet together. Then, hold hands and begin to elevate your legs together. You can keep them outside your arms or between them.
7. Upward extended pose (Urdhva Uttanasana)
Standing back to back, hold hands and lean your entire body forward. Then, twist your back backward as if you were going to put your heads together. This exercise can also be performed by standing face to face, holding on to your arms, and twisting your back backwards.
8. Chair pose (Utkatasana)
Stand face to face and hold hands. Little by little, bend your knees until you’re in a sitting position, pulling your partner. You can extend this pose to the Parivritta Utkatasana pose by holding one hand (left to right) and stretching your free hand towards the back, turning your torso.
9. Standing forward bend (Uttanasana)
Stand facing each other with your arms outstretched, holding each other by the shoulders. Take small steps backward, keeping your legs and back straight so that your waist tilts until your backs are aligned with the floor. Your arms must maintain pressure on your partner’s shoulders to stretch them.
With these simple couples yoga poses, you can start to do a yoga routine that you’ll enjoy together. We’re sure you’ll notice how these exercises give your relationship a new dimension!
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